Artist Statement

I am a longtime people watcher, which is why the subjects of my paintings are often figures. Currently my work is a combination of acrylic paint and various collage elements. I particularly enjoy the search for the tiny bits of paper and text that are an intricate part of the finished piece. My fashion illustration background strongly contributes to the vibrant colors and the patterns I choose.

I have always been compelled to be creative. Whether it be drawing, painting, working with glass,  metal or any other material or form of visual expression, I am fascinated and want to learn more. 

A few years ago the challenge of breast cancer and it’s treatment left me with a desire to share my passion for art with others, especially youth. As a Christian I feel a drive to give back some of what I have been blessed to receive. My hope is that the thoughtfulness, playfulness,  and pleasure I experience during the process of my artwork will connect with the viewer and give them joy as well.

Contact Info

Email: zankabeads@gmail.com

Home Phone:  727 526 7944

Cell Phone: 727 389 0793

Bio

People walking, in the folds of a skirt. Stately buildings surrounding a figure, and yellow vacuum cleaners standing in a row.  These are a few of the details one might discover in Debra Yabczanka’s collage painting titled “Golden Girl”.

Acrylic painting is a relatively new endeavor for Debra. Adding bits of collage to her paintings came as a result of studying with St. Petersburg, Florida renowned artist and teacher, Judith Dazzio.   Debra graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh earning a  degree in Fashion Illustration.  She began her career in Fashion Illustrating as the in house artist for clothing designer Peggy Jennings. Here she was able to use her illustrating abilities as well as her glass bead making skills. Her glass beads were used as buttons in several of Peggy’s designs including a jacket for the former first lady, Laura Bush. She has also pursued the art of metalsmithing with Tom McCarthy and studied precious metal clay techniques with Chris Darway and Barbara Becker Simon. Debra is also certified in PMC.

Her career in fashion, the brilliant colors of glass, the textures and design elements of jewelry making, all propel her to the detailed and colorful collage paintings she does today.